Sarah Fleiss is thrilled to be a current student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Since starting in August, she has performed in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra as Dorabella in the Cosi fan Tutte sextet, as well as in Field Hall in the new vocal students’ recital, singing Mozart’s Non so piu and the traditional Danny Boy. Over the course of the fall semester as a student of Luis Ledesma, she covered Rosina in the fall mainstage opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia and performed works by Johann Sebastian Bach in December with a chamber ensemble that marked her first early music performance.
In January, she will be singing the contralto part in the Shostikovich cycle From "Jewish Folk Poetry" (Op. 79) in a concert of Russian works. In March, she will be making her Curtis Opera debut as Cis in Britten’s Albert Herring, as well as covering the role of Nancy. She will also be covering Annio in La Clemenza di Tito, as well as singing in the chorus. In April, she is honored to be premiering a work of Cuban-American composer Tania León at the Musical Fund Society in Philadelphia, performing a piece written specifically for her voice.
This past summer, she made her role debut as
Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the
Berlin Opera Academy, and attended the
Classic Lyric Arts program in Emilia-Romagna,
Italy. She got the opportunity to perform opera
scenes around the region in Italy, as well as sing
in masterclasses with agent Sandra Hormozi and
soprano Donata D’Annuzio Lombardi. Past summer
programs include Oberlin in Italy, where she sang
in Puccini’s La Rondine, and participated in a masterclass with conductor of Opera Colorado, Ari Pelto. In the summer of 2017, she sang Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Manhattan Opera Studio's Summer festival, as well as covered Susanna. Here, she sang in a masterclass for conductor Roger Malouf.
Prior to Curtis, Sarah attended Columbia University and the Juilliard Exchange-Program for two years, studying under voice chair, Edith Bers. At Columbia, outside of her academics, she sang with the Columbia New Opera Workshop as Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Rosalinda in Strauss's Die Fledermaus, and in multiple opera scenes, including the American Premiere of No Masque for Good Measure by Canadian composer Matthew Ricketts. In her final spring, she narrated Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat. She was also involved in two a capella groups, the Columbia Music Performance Program, and made Dean's list each spring.
She attended the Juilliard Pre-College her senior year of high-school, studying with Lorraine Nubar. In high-school and in grade school, she was heavily involved in musical theatre and performed in countless shows and concerts. Some of her favorite roles include: Clara (The Light in the Piazza), Maria (The Sound of Music), Anna (The King and I), Nellie (South Pacific), Vivienne (Legally Blonde), Meg (Little Women), Fastrada (Pippin) and Daniela (In the Heights). She also participated in a workshopping of a genre-blending Dido and Aeneas at NYU.
She has been awarded scholarships from the George London Foundation and the Voce di Meche opera blog. She was a National Semi-Finalist/Regional Finalist at the New York Lyric Opera national competition two years in a row, and was a finalist in the Hal Leonard national competition. She won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical at the National Youth Theater Awards twice and was nominated two other times.
Sarah started taking voice lessons at 8 years old, and is so grateful that she gets to pursue her passion to its fullest extent. At 10, she started studying with mezzo Gulnara Mitzanova and since then, has been exploring the joy her voice brings to her, as well as to other people. She wishes to use her voice in all capacities, as she believes artists have the beautiful opportunity and social responsibility to spread light, love, and compassion for all beings. She loves literature, nature, art, and hopes to combine all of her disciplines to keep exploring what it means to be alive.